When I was in Middle School I decided to play field hockey for my school team. After only one year of playing field hockey I knew I wanted to play more competitively. By the end of 8th grade I was balancing playing tennis and field hockey competitively. I knew in high school I wouldn’t be able to reach my goals academically or athletically by playing both sports year round. It was a hard decision for me to make but I decided to focus more on field hockey because I enjoy playing on a team and making bonds with my teammates.
Field hockey has taught me so much in the past five years I’ve played. I’ve learned to work with my teammates to reach a goal whether it be a new skill or winning against a team. As well as working my hardest in practice and games will pay off in the long run. But most importantly field hockey has taught me how to handle stress and negativity. When I played tennis I would constantly be down on myself every time I would make a mistake or lose a match. With field hockey I look at my mistakes as something I can set goals off and help me become a better player. I’ve also developed a more positive outlook on the field and in life from playing. When I play I make sure the stress I might have doesn’t consume me and to focus on my goals instead. I hope to continue my field hockey journey into college and continue to grow as a person.